For middle-aged women, cancer and heart disease take the top spots on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s list of most-common causes of death. Depending on a woman’s age, those two diseases account for roughly 30 percent to 55 percent of all deaths, shows the data.
So yeah, you’re right to worry about them. Still, there are other common killers on the CDC’s list that claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year, but they may not be on your radar. Here they are, plus their risk factors and what you can do to protect yourself.